The cost of living in the UK, and
especially in London, is often perceived to be very
high. This applies particularly to students from Nepal,
many of whom may have to work to pay for their degrees.
However, there is a wide variety of choices available
for those who wish to manage their living costs. Prices
listed below are based on London costs; other areas are
likely to be cheaper.
Usually self-contained rooms in which you study, cook,
eat, and sleep. Normally costs between £200 to £240 per
May be either private or owned by the institution you
are studying at. You will have a study/bedroom but will
share all other facilities in the house. Normally costs
between £100 to £280 per month.
Halls of residence
Halls of residence host many students in single or
shared study/bedrooms. Some meals or cooking facilities
will be provided and bathrooms may be shared. Normally
costs between £280 to £320 per month.
You will have a study/bedroom in a home, becoming, to
some extent, part of the family. Some meals will be
provided although you will have to fit into the routine
of the family. Normally costs between £300 to £360 per
Hostels are privately owned and are similar to halls of
residence, providing some meals or self-catering
facilities and rooms for married students. Normally
costs between £280 to £320 per month.
Most schools will have on-site accommodation, the cost
of which is included in the boarding school fee.
If you are enrolled in an English language course, your
textbooks will usually be supplied free of charge.
Otherwise, you will have to buy your books or borrow
them from the college library. If you choose to buy
books, then many bookstores offer student discounts
(student ID required). Alternatively, you may find your
textbooks in second-hand stores.
While most international students arrive with some
clothing suitable for the British climate, you will
probably find that you need to buy more, particularly if
you find that the British winter (colder in the north)
is colder than what you were accustomed to in Nepal.
High street shops sell good-quality clothes at
reasonable prices, and the big sales during January and
July offer many items at half-price. As a guide,
non-sale prices are as follows: a woolly jumper
(sweater) can cost about £20, jeans about £25 upwards,
and shoes about £35–£45. Again, charity shops (eg Oxfam,
Save the Children) may be a cheap option for second-hand
clothes, especially for coats and jackets.
Most cities in the UK have a multicultural and
multi-ethnic population so you can expect to find a wide
range of reasonably priced food from around the world.
Costs average £80 per month for vegetarians and £100 per
month for meat-eaters.
Air travel within the UK is only viable over longer
distances, for example London to Edinburgh. Most major
cities have airports with international links. Cheap
flights within the UK or Europe may be available with
airlines such as Ryan
Air or Easy Jet.
For further information, try one of the following:
Coach travel using national and international links is
cheaper than rail travel but can take a little longer.
Reduced fares are available to students (aged between 16
and 25) through the student coach card available from
National Express. For further information, try one of
Britain’s rail services rival that of any country in the
world and, except in very rural areas, nowhere is more
than a few miles from a railway station. A Young
Person's railcard, valid for a year, gives reductions on
standard rail fares. The opening of the Channel Tunnel
has made possible rail travel to continental Europe. For
further information, try one of the following:
Almost every port from the south coast operates a ferry
service across the English Channel to continental
Europe. Scandinavia and northern Europe can be reached
from ports in northern England. For further information,
try one of the following: